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A nurse is evaluating a postoperative client for infection. Which sign or symptom is most indicative of infection?



A. The presence of an indwelling urinary catheter
B. Rectal temperature of 100° F (37.8° C)
C. Red, warm, tender incision
D. White blood cell (WBC) count of 8,000/μl

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Asked by Jeska Kahangwa, Last updated: Aug 04, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

1. red, warm, tender incision-rationale: redness, warmth, and tenderness in the incision area indicate a postoperative infection. the presence of an invasive device predisposes a client to infection, but that alone doesnt indicate infection. a rectal temperature of 100f would be a normal expectation in a postoperative client because of the inflammatory process. a normal wbc count ranges from 4,000 to 10,000/l. this clients wbc count falls within this normal range.\r\n\r\nclient needs category: safe, effective care environment\r\nclient needs subcategory: safety and infection control\r\ncognitive level: analysis\r\n\r\nreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1192.

 

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